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Old 07-04-2012, 11:44
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I normally heat seal with my wood burner but I find it difficult doing so with my korkers. So, I've decided to switch to liquid. My question: Is clear fingernail polish actually just as effective as the stuff made specifically to stop fraying?
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:57
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Seems like nail polish would make the ends hard. I'd wonder if it could be scratched off or would flake off which would look not so nice and might fray later.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:02
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Sorry, I have no idea. I would be more concerned about a little one putting it in their mouths, with finger nail polish on.
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Have you tried using a lighter or candle?
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:52
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Have you tried using a lighter or candle?
Yes & I can't get the timing just right & I keep getting black all over it from where I've held it there too long :-/ bc I guess the curlyness just throws me off....?

I'm starting to use my rotary cutter to cut my korkers instead of my woodburner.

@Briellasnana, the questionable child hazard-ness of it is enough to make me get the real stuff instead of fingernail polish :-) ty!
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:51
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I use a fork to hold the korker down and then cut with my woodburner between the tongs. It makes it a lot easier and I don't burn myself so often.
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I hate fray check!! Maybe I just didn't do it right, but I just didn't like it. Try practicing with a lighter. You really just need the heat of the flame to touch the ribbon. Just pass it by the very tip of the ribbon. Feel your ribbon and you should feel where it sealed. I know most people swear by their woodburner but I would much rather cut and seal with lighter.
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I would highly discourage fingernail polish. As others mentioned, there is a safety concern. Additionally, you will get a gloss on the ends that will not make your ribbon look consistent. Also, fray check seems to ware off and discolors the ribbon as well. Like MLhardison1 recommends, I suggest practicing with a lighter. You really do get better with practice. I like the lighters from Dollar Tree which are refillable and make it easy to reduce or increase the heat. Best of luck!!
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:46
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Granted, I'm sealing poly twill tape and not pretty ribbon... but I've had a lot of success using the barrel of my wood burner. Just press the cut end up to it -- works really well (and I am seriously Craft Impaired).
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